It’s autumn now. Officially.
I have mixed feelings about this. Historically, fall has been my favorite season: crisp weather, bright colors, hot drinks, snuggly sweaters… What’s not to love?
Darkness, that’s what. It messes with my playtime. (Not to mention that those dratted sweaters, once beloved, now serve only to conceal my carefully-sculpted arms and abs. Shameful waste!)
I leaped through last summer like it was a gigantic playground. Equine endurance racing, whitewater rafting, horse training, and hiking all but replaced my formal workouts. I spent as many days as possible outside from dawn ’til dark, soaking up sun (no sunscreen!) and fresh air. But now, the last of those days are tumbling through my hands. I cling to fading daylight hours, pouring myself into the final weeks before Daylight Wasting Time begins on November 7. I’m still focused on outdoor work, particularly horse training, but I’ve also turned an eye to future goals.
Primal eating and abundant play have kept me very lean and reasonably strong, but there’s no question my lifts have suffered since spring. My pushup counts have dropped by a third, my pullups by more than half. Military presses and bench presses have hung in there, mostly, but squats have dropped and sprints slowed.
The impending winter will provide a perfect opportunity for me to shift back to an intense workout program. Here’s what I’d like to accomplish by spring:
- Squat 1.25 x bodyweight (For me, that’s about 145 lbs, which according to this website is nearly “advanced” for a woman my size. I was up to 135 last season, so I think this is reasonable.)
- Bench press 100 lbs. (This falls between intermediate and advanced. I was up to 3 x 85 last season.)
- Military press 65 lbs. (This also falls between intermediate and advanced. I could do 5 x 55 last season.)
- 12 dead-hang pullups. (My current PR, set last March, is 10.)
- 50 pushups. (My current PR was 3 x 35 decline [24 inches] pushups, so I can probably surpass this fairly easily.)
My pursuit of these goals will be made easier by the fact that Ironman will be in residence at In the Night Farm. Why? Because I’ll have a spotter! Last season, most of my workouts were limited to efforts I could safely attempt alone.
Having Ironman around will be good for motivation, too. That’s not an area in which I normally struggle, but hey, a little competition never hurt. We keep each other on our toes.
How about you? I’m not the only one considering new goals for the season, am I?